It is that time of year, the time of year when two words can strike fear and panic in teachers, students, and parents. Standardized Testing. It does not have to be that way. The teachers have provided the instruction, practice, and review that the students need to be successful. The students have worked hard all year, and this is their time to show how well they can do.
Here are some things parents can do to make sure their child has a positive testing experience:
• Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before
• Plan ahead to avoid problems before the test
• Be encouraging
• Make sure your child gets up early so there is no rushing
• Make sure they eat a good breakfast
• Have them wear comfortable clothes
• Make sure they are present and on time on test days
• Try to make test mornings pleasant
• Reassure your child they do not have to get every question correct to pass
• Remind them to listen carefully to instructions
• Explain the importance of using time wisely
• Remind them to stay focused even if others finish early
The most important thing is to be positive. Let them know that yes, the tests are important, but that they are just expected to do their personal best. Tell them this is their time to show off, to prove to themselves and others that hard work pays off.
By Mrs. Nikki Pulse